The French authorities in Morocco have decided to embark on a vast slum clearance program in the mullah (ghetto) of Casablanca in accordance with plans submitted by the Alliance Israelite Universelle, it was announced here today by Jules Braunschvig, vice-president of the Alliance, who is now visiting the United States.
According to the present plan, new buildings with facilities to house 12,500 inhabitants of the mullah will be built within 18 months. This move would wipe out half of the Jewish slum district in which it is common for eight to ten persons to live in one room with no light, running water or sanitary facilities.
Large tracts of land have already been chosen for project sites and a municipal committee, which includes representatives of the Alliance and the Jewish community of Casablanca, are examining blueprints. The plans make provision for synagogues, schools and community centers.
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